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Jack White rules out joining another band hinting at solo career.

Jack White rules out joining another band hinting at solo career.

Jack White rules out joining another band hinting at solo career.

Jack White has ruled out joining another band, and hinted at starting a solo career. The singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer announced the end of his biggest group, The White Stripes, earlier this month, and now says he will concentrate on his other groups – The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather – as well as his Third Man record label.

He told our source: “I won’t join another band again. Three’s enough for one lifetime. If I can’t say it in any of these bands, then I’ll say it by myself.”

Jack’s last record with the White Stripes was 2007′s ‘Icky Thump’, and since then he has released albums ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’ with The Raconteurs and both ‘Horehound’ and ‘Sea of Cowards’ with The Dead Weather.

He has also produced albums for his wife, Karen Elson and singer Wanda Jackson, as well as launched a range of vinyl only singles on his Third Man label.

Announcing the end of The White Stripes – which was comprised of Jack and ex-wife Meg White – a statement to fans was released which said: “The White Stripes belong to you now, and you can do with it whatever you want.

Madonna, Britney Spears to be featured in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit

Madonna, Britney Spears to be featured in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit

Madonna, Britney Spears to be featured in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit

“Women Who Rock” are going to be highlighted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum with a groundbreaking and provocative exhibit, featuring female superstars like Madonna and Britney Spears. “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” will take visitors through an interactive journey highlighting the firsts, the bests, and most memorable moments of the females who have played important roles in rock and roll.

More than 60 pop culture icons and artists will be spotlighted during the exhibit, including Chrissie Hynde, Bikini Kill, Wanda Jackson, and more.

The exhibit, which will fill two floors of the museum, will feature video, listening stations, artifacts, and more. A recording booth will be feature, where visitors can record or film their own moments inspired by women in rock.

Through the eras and leading up to the present day, the exhibit even takes a closer look at some of the female pop princesses who not only used their talent but their sexuality to become some of the most talked-about performers in history in a portion of the exhibit called “Causing a Commotion: Madonna and the Pop Explosion.”

“Causing a Commotion” explores the controversial female artists who pushed the boundaries of what’s expected of female pop singers, including Britney Spears, Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani.

The “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” exhibit begins at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland on May 13th

Adele has announced a European tour for Spring 2011

Adele has announced a European tour for Spring 2011

Adele has announced a European tour for Spring 2011

Adele has announced a European tour for Spring 2011. Adele has announced a European tour for Spring 2011, which comes to the UK and Ireland in April. ‘Rolling In The Deep’, Adele’s forthcoming single is released on Sunday January 16th. Written and produced by Adele and award winning British producer Paul Epworth, it’s a ‘dark bluesy gospel disco tune’ according to Adele herself. Adele’s new album ’21′ is set to be released on Monday January 24th. Most of the album was recorded in Malibu with the legendary Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and back in Kensal Rise in London with Paul Epworth (Plan B, Bloc Party, Florence). Adele cites Wanda Jackson, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Mary J Blige, Mos Def, Elbow, Tom Waits and Kanye West amongst others as key influences on ’21′.  About its release she says ‘ It’s taken a while and it knocked me for six when writing it. It’s different from ’19′, it’s about the same things but in a different light. I deal with things differently now. I’m more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles. Something that comes with age I think. So fittingly this record is called ’21′. The whole reason I called my first album ’19′ was about cataloging what happened to me then and who I was then, like a photo album you see the progression and changes in a person throughout the years’. ‘Rolling In The Deep’ is released on XL Recordings on Sunday January 16th ’21′ is released on XL Recordings on Monday January 24th.  The full dates are:
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12th – Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
14th ‘ O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
15th ‘ O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
17th – Ritz, Manchester, UK
18th – HMV Institute, Birmingham, UK
20th – Guildhall, Southampton, UK
21st ‘ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK

Metallica shoved the mosh pit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

metallicaHeavy metal’s heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock’s shrine on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more like a concert than an awards show.  For the first time, the no-holds-barred show, back in Cleveland following a 12-year holdover in New York’s Waldorf-Astoria ballroom, was open to the public. And nearly 5,000 fans partied in the balconies inside renovated Public Auditorium as 1,200 VIPs dined below at tables costing as much $50,000 each.  Many of the came to pay homage to Metallica, which earned top billing in an eclectic 2009 class that included rap pioneers Run-DMC, virtuoso guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and rhythm and blues vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Metallica’s members have survived some of the dark themes — death, destruction and desolation — that threads through its music, and their induction was a chance to celebrate their legacy as perhaps the hardest band to ever walk the earth. The event also served as a reunion as bassist Jason Newsted, who left the group in 2001, joined his former bandmates on stage for seering versions of “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman.”  “Whatever the intangibles elements are that make a band the best, Metallica has them,” said Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who delivered a heartfelt speech in presenting the band. He recalled being on tour and hearing Metallica on the radio for the first time. “My mind was blown. It wasn’t punk rock. It wasn’t heavy metal. It just stood by itself,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it was a mighty thing.” In accepting their awards, Metallica’s members were joined by Ray Burton, the father of original bassist Cliff Burton, who died tragically in 1986 when the band’s tour bus skidded off an icy road in Sweden.  “Dream big and dare to fail, because this is living proof that it is possible to make a dream come true,” said frontman-guitaristr James Hetfield, who then rattled off a long list of hard-rocking bands he feels deserve induction. “Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Kiss, Ted Nugent, Iron Maiden, Motorhead. We’d like to invite them through the door,” said Hetfield, who concluded his remarks by wrapping Ulrich in a bear hug.  The evening ended with a jam for the ages as Metallica, Beck, Jimmy Page, Aerosmith’s Joe Tyler and Flea brought the house down with a performance of the Yardbirds’ “Train Kept A Rollin.”

A guitar virtuoso, Beck, who was previously inducted in 1992 with the Yardbirds, was put in for his solo work. Although best known for his rock accomplishments, Beck’s career has wandered a fretboard of genres ranging from blues to jazz to electronica. “Jeff’s style is totally unorthodox to the way anyone was taught,” said Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who presented his longtime friend. “He keeps getting better and better and better.” Beck, wearing all white, was joined on stage by Page, a fellow guitar god, who played bass during a searing rendition of Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”  With two turntables and a microphone, Run-DMC broke down the barriers between rock and rap. With sparse, stripped-down lyrics above pounding beats, the trio of Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell changed rap in the 1980s by taking the realities of the streets to the suburbs.

“They broke away from the pack by being the pack,” said rapper Eminem, looking like the band’s lost member by sporting the group’s trademark black fedora and black leather jacket. “They were the baddest of the bad and the coolest of the cool. Run-DMC changed my life.” “There’s three of them and if you grew up with hip hop like I did, they were the Beatles.”  Their remake and collaboration with Aerosmith on the rock band’s “Walk This Way” changed modern music.  “We were young guys with a new music that people thought was a fad, but we knew the culture was a way of life and we just lived it,” McDaniels said. “The music that we made then didn’t just impact friends, it impacted a generation. So I guess that’s what rock and roll does.” Any chance of a Run reunion ended with Mizell’s death in 2002, when he was shot to death outside his studio. His murder remains unsolved.  Mizell’s mother, Connie, accepted the award on his behalf.  “My baby is still doing it for me,” she said.   Simmons cited “so many smart people and so much help” several times during his speech. He also thanked Mrs. Mizell, who allowed the group to set up their equipment in her Hollis, Queens, living room.  “She never told us to turn the music down once,” Simmons said, turning to his late friend’s mom. “I’d like to thank you for that.”  Cleveland’s Womack, the son of a steelworker, is best known for his soulful voice, but he had far greater musical range as a talented songwriter and guitarist. He also branched into gospel, returning to the roots that got him his start with a family group, the Valentinos. He later played guitar for Sam Cooke.

Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones introduced Womack as “the voice that has always killed me. He brings me to tears.” Wood then recalled a night in New York when he and Womack hid as some Hells Angels gang members were roughing up Wilson Pickett. Little Anthony and the Imperials, who began their career singing on street corners in Brooklyn, N.Y., opened the program with a gorgeous medley of hits “Tears on My Pillow,” “Hurt So Bad,” and “I’m Alright.” Many in the crowd mouthed the familiar tracks as lead singer Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine’s falsetto filled the room.

Longtime friend Smokey Robinson presented the doo-wop group, calling their induction “long overdue.” ourdine thanked his music teacher, “wherever you are” during his induction speech. “We’ve been in this now for 50 years, and when we were kids we never imagined in our wildest dreams we’d ever be here,” he said. “Now that it’s here, the one thing we can look at and say is nobody can ever take this away from us.”  Drummer DJ Fontana and the late bassist Bill Black — both of Elvis Presley’s backup band — and keyboardist Spooner Oldham made it in the sidemen category.  Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson was inducted as an early influence. Dubbed the “Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice,” the 71-year-old Jackson got her start as a country singer. She was a flamboyant dresser, and her choice of skirts and high heels rankled some hardcore fans. It was Elvis Presley, whom she toured with the 1950s, who persuaded her to sing rock songs.  “She could really rock and still kept her femininity intact,” said presenter Roseanne Cash. “She’s the prototype for so many of us.”

Bruce Springsteen exhibition opens

rockandrollhalloffameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, USA, will unveil its latest exhibit, ‘From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen’ on Wednesday 1st April during the 2009 Induction Ceremony week of events. This will be the first major artifact-driven exhibit about Springsteen’s career. The exhibit will run until Spring, 2010.

‘From Asbury Park to the Promised Land’ will be a comprehensive look at Springsteen’s music, from such early bands as Child, the Castiles and Steel Mill through his work with the E Street Band and as a solo artist. The exhibit will include several of Springsteen’s guitars, including the Fender Esquire that is on the cover of Born to Run. It will also include the outfit he wore on the cover of Born in the U.S.A., as well as numerous handwritten lyric manuscripts, posters and handbills from all phases of his career, and various awards and honors. In addition, the exhibit will include Springsteen’s 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, which he purchased after the success of Born to Run.

Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs. 

Calendar of Events

Mar 18, 2009
From Songwriters to Soundmen with Dusty Street
7:00 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Theater
Dusty Street, the first female radio deejay on the West Coast, has been the host of Sirius XM’s Classic Vinyl radio show since 2005, which broadcasts live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Allan Freed Studio Monday through Thursdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST.  Members and visitors will have the opportunity to hear Street’s incredible stories firsthand in a discussion led by Jason Hanley, director of education at the Rock Hall. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. This event is part of the series From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, a groundbreaking Rock Hall program that shines the spotlight on the people whose contributions to the rock and roll art form are often as powerful as those of the artists themselves. Please email edu@rockhall.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP. 

Mar 25, 2009
Rock and Roll Night School: Wanda Jackson
7:00 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Theater
Rock and Roll Night School is a monthly series of educational, discussion-based night classes offered free of charge from 7 pm – 8:30 pm in the Museum’s 4th floor theater.  Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programming, and Jason Hanley, musicologist and director of education at the Rock Hall, will lead this month’s class, which will focus on 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee Wanda Jackson.

Wanda Jackson is an American rockabilly and country music singer who began recording in the mid-50s. She was one of the first female rockabilly singers to come to popularity during the 1950s. She mixed regular country music material with fast-moving rockabilly music, often cutting each side of a record with a different type of music.  Join us as we examine some of Wanda Jackson’s most important songs, including “Fujiyama Mama,” “Let’s Have a Party,” and “Tears Will Be the Chaser For Your Wine.”
Mar 26, 2009
Downtown Soulville presents There’s a Riot Going On, a vinyl tribute to Bobby Womack
Beachland Ballroom
Induction Week 2009

Induction Week Kick-Off Party
Plus live at 10 p.m. Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of show. Call 216-383-1124 or go to http://www.ticketweb.com for tickets. 

Mar 27, 2009
B.B. King
House of Blues
Induction Week 2009

Tickets to this show are currently sold out. 

Mar 28, 2009
Majic 105.7 Moondog Coronation Ball
Induction Week 2009
Presented by your Northeast Ohio Chrysler & Jeep Dealers and Ameriprise Financial at Quicken Loans Arena.
Catch Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Little Richard along with Three Dog Night, Tommy James & the Shondells, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and Jerry Butler perform live at the 2009 Moondog Coronation Ball.
Tickets are $62, $47 and $32 and will be available to the public beginning Saturday, February 7th at 10 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 216-241-5555 in Cleveland or 330-945-9400 in Akron/Canton. Tickets will also be available at the Quicken Loans Arena box office during regular operating hours and the night of the show.
Mar 29, 2009
Rock My Soul: A Gospel Music Celebration Honoring Pastor Shirley Caesar
Induction Week 2009
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will honor Pastor Shirley Caesar in a tribute to rock’s gospel roots. Pastor Caesar will perform and various artists, including Musiq SoulChild, J. Moss, Richard Smallwood and Vision, “THE WORD” Church Praise Team, Tyniece Wingfield, Stormy Cleveland and Helen Turner-Thompson and the Antioch Baptist Church Flame Team Choir. This event will be hosted by WEWS Newschannel 5’s Leon Bibb and presented with the support of WEWS and Praise 1300 AM WJMO. Two pairs of upper-level Induction Ceremony tickets will be given away at the event in a special drawing.

***Tickets for this show are currently gone, but additional tickets may be released. Sign up for the Rock Hall’s e-newsletter and be among the first to know about ticketing information for this event.
Mar 30, 2009
Students Rock!
Induction Week 2009

On The Road, “Rock Hall Inductee Spotlight: The Class of 2009”
1 p.m.
The Education Department of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will partner with Cleveland’s WVIZ/PBS ideastream® to kick off Induction 2009 by connecting with students around the world via the award-winning distance learning program On the Road. 

Case Western Reserve SAGES Program University Seminar “Writing Rock and Roll,” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
3-6 p.m.
Rock Hall educators Lauren Onkey and Jason Hanley discuss the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions with Case Western Reserve University students.
“Elite Populism or a Populist Elite? The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions” at Case Western Reserve University Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Clark 206

7 p.m.
Lauren Onkey, vice president of education at the Rock Hall, explores the role that the Inductions play in shaping the landscape of rock and roll history, as well as debates over the value of artists and even musical styles that the inductions generate.

Mar 31, 2009
Teachers Rock!
Induction Week 2009
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
5 – 6:30 p.m.

This special edition of Teachers Rock invites educators to participate in a dynamic presentation about Cleveland’s role in the history of rock and roll and how it can be incorporated into the theme-based curriculum classroom.  K-12 educators who attend will have a chance to win one pair of upper-bowl tickets to the inductions in a special drawing.

This event is FREE with a reservation, but space is limited.  Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served base. Please email edu@rockhall.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP.
Click here for more information.

Apr 01, 2009
From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen
Induction Week 2009
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open the world’s first exhibit devoted to the life and music of Bruce Springsteen.  It will be a comprehensive look at his music, from such early bands as Child, the Castiles and Steel Mill through his work with the E Street Band and as a solo artist. The exhibit will include several of Springsteen’s guitars, including the Fender Telecaster that is on the cover of Born to Run. It will also include the outfit he wore on the cover of Born in the U.S.A., as well as numerous handwritten lyric manuscripts, posters and handbills from all phases of his career, and various awards and honors. In addition, the exhibit will include Springsteen’s 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, which he purchased after the success of Born to Run. The exhibit will run through the spring of 2010. 

Apr 02, 2009
An Evening with Wanda Jackson
Agora
Induction Week 2009

Tickets are $17.50 and available through http://www.ticketmaster.com or call the Agora box office at 216-881-6700. 

Apr 02, 2009
Rock Hall Induction Week Concert for Cleveland
Induction Week 2009
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame presents a free Induction Week Concert for Cleveland with a once-in-a-lifetime lineup showcasing music’s unique ability to bridge generation and cultural gaps.  Come together to celebrate the return of the Induction Ceremony to Cleveland with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees the O’Jays and Dave Mason of Traffic, along with hip-hop legends, Coolio, Whodini and Rob Base. This event is presented by the Cleveland Foundation, 93.1 FM WZAK and WEWS Newschannel 5.

***Tickets for this show are currently gone, but additional tickets may be released. Sign up for the Rock Hall’s e-newsletter and be among the first to know about ticketing information for this event.

Apr 03, 2009
A special engagement with Little Anthony and the Imperials
Agora
Induction Week 2009

Reserved house tickets are $21.50 to $29.50 and available through http://www.ticketmaster.com or call Agora box office at 216-881-6700. 

Apr 04, 2009
Free Day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Induction Week 2009
Presented by Medical Mutual.
The public will be admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for FREE all day.

Apr 04, 2009
Bobby Womack CD signing
Induction Week 2009
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Noon – 2 p.m.
Bobby Womack, 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, will sign copies of his album, The Poet I & II, in the Museum’s Fourth Floor Theater. CDs will be available for sale on site by F.Y.E.
Apr 04, 2009
The 24th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
The Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live on FUSE Television Network. Show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m. Guests arriving after 8:00 p.m. will not be seated until the next break.
For information on tickets, inductees and other special announcements, visit www.rockhall.com/induction2009.
Apr 04, 2009
Live Simulcast of the 24th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Induction Week 2009

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a live broadcast of the 24th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.). The Induction Simulcast is presented by Jim Beam.

Two lucky guests of the Induction Simulcast will be randomly selected to receive upper-bowl tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall. Those guests will be whisked away to the event in rock star style. The names of the winners will be drawn promptly at 7:30 p.m.  They will be immediately taken to the event. Guests will be given a ticket upon entry into the Museum. The winning ticket will be drawn at random. Winners must be present to win.

Tickets to the Induction Simulcast are $5 and on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, via phone at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office. 

May 16, 2009
Rock Your World Festival
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum partners with the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Arts Education Department in the presentation of its All City Arts Festival. This festival of music and art showcases the best work, in all the Arts disciplines. Performances include the district’s high school marching bands, the instrumental music programs, choral programs, dance, visual arts and the districts Theater Production program.  More information can be found at the Community Festivals page.

Jun 28, 2009
Rock and Soul Festival
The Rock and Soul Festival is a celebration of African American music. The vitality of Black influence on American music and culture has been irresistible, its impact, profound and lasting. This soulful festival features performances by national and local artists and coincides with Black Music Month. More information can be found at the Community Festivals page.

Nov 09, 2009 – Nov 14,2009
14th Annual American Music Masters Series
The American Music Masters® series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of American culture.

Each year, the series explores the legacy of one of those pioneering figures in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education department. Drawing together music experts, artists, fans and friends, these events aim to provide new perspectives on some of the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.  This year’s honoree will be announced at a later date.

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